11th Euroseminar on Microscopy Applied to Building Materials

June 5-9, 2007, University of Porto, Portugal









Tuesday 5th June

08.30                             Registration open

09.30           Workshop “The importance of sample preparation for petrographic study” tbc

Maarten Broekmans – NGU, Norway

Peter Laugesen – Pelcon, Denmark

12.30           Lunch*

14.00           Workshop “Forensic examination of concrete” tbc

Michael Thomas (Organizer), University of Brunswick, Canada

Paul Bennett-Hughes - STATS, UK

Maarten Broekmans – NGU, Norway

17.00          Technical visit:

                  The granite, the stone and the city

19h00           Ice-breaking party at Porto Solar (www.ivp.pt)


Wednesday 6th June

09.00            Welcome address and Plenary Session

10.00          Keynote speaker:

                        Michael Thomas, University of Brunswick, Canada

                        Diagnosing Delayed-Ettringite Formation in Concrete Structures

09.45                            Cement and concrete

Technical sessions

12.30            Lunch*

14.00            Technical sessions

18.30           Porto sightseeing by boat – Cruise of the six bridges (http://www.douroacima.pt/)


Thursday 7th June

09.00              Keynote speaker:

                       Jens Götze, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

                 Application of Nomarski DIC and cathodoluminescence microscopy to

                 building materials                                                                                                                                                            

09.45           Microscopy and complementary techniques

Technical sessions

12.30           Lunch*

14.30           Stone as a building material. Repair of historic buildings

                   Technical sessions

19.00           Euroseminar dinner at Taylor’s Cellars (http://www.tresseculos.pt/)


Friday 8th June

09.00         Keynote speaker:

                       Benoit Fournier, CANMET-MTL, Canada

                 How reliable are the laboratory tests methods for evaluating potential

                 alkali-reactivity of concrete aggregates and preventive actions against AAR?

09.45                Aggregates

                  Technical sessions

12.30           Lunch*

14.00           Technical sessions

16.30           12th EMABM, 2009

17.00           Summary, discussion and close of Euroseminar


Saturday 9th June

08.00            Technical visit:

                        Stone deterioration

                  Concrete: Alkali-silica reaction

09.00            Coimbra – Stone deterioration in historical monuments

Biblioteca Joanina

12.00            Departure to Pracana Dam (tbc)

13.30            Lunch

15.30                             Visit to the dam with EDP (Electricity of Portugal technicians)

21.00            Arrival at Porto



*Lunches will be served to the participants from Tuesday, June 5th to Friday, 8th
June next to the Conference auditorium.

Please indicate your intension to attend the workshops and the technical visits, all included in the Euroseminar registration fee.